Grants and Programs

Funding Update: Grants for energy efficiency and the Growing Farm Profits Workshop
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), USDA-RD
Opening Soon!!
The REAP program will cover up to 25% of the energy efficiency OR generation project through a grant, and will also offer favorable loan terms for additional financing. the loan fund is very under-used. A third party energy audit is required, as is a technical report, to determine payback period. It is estimated that this program will open in the next month, so if you are interested, you need to contact someone to do an energy audit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Scott Maas at scott.maas@ky.usda.gov or me at mchristy@growkentuckyag.com. More information on the program is available here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Reap.html
On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives
March 23, 2014-Round 1
This program is funded by the KY Ag Development Board through the Governer's Office of Agricultural Policy. The maximum amount is $10,000 or 50% of the project total, up to $10,000. You must have a third party energy audit, and you must not have received funding through this program before. Also, the program no longer covers solar panels and other energy generation, only efficiency projects. For this and other KADB programs, go to http://agpolicy.ky.gov/funds/Pages/progam-portal.aspx.
Growing Farm Profits Workshop
February 1-3, 2014, Lexington, KY
This workshop features nationally-respected speakers and is for horticultural producers to understand things that affect profitability, including record keeping, budgeting, food safety, packing shed design, and marketing. The registration is $25 and includes continental breakfast and lunch all three days and resource materials valued at over $100. For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Carolyn Gahn at carolyn@cfaky.org. You can register at http://communityfarmalliance.org/young-and-beginning-farmers/growing-farm-profits-conference/

Click here for Growing Farm Profits Brochure


Poultry Producers: Energy Costs Getting You Down?
Grants for installing Renewable Energy Systems and for making Energy Efficiency Improvements are potentially available from USDA-Rural Development. The grant funds may be used to pay 25% of the eligible project costs, with a minimum grant request of $1,500 (total project cost of $6,000) and maximum grant request of $250,000 for Energy Efficiency Improvement and $500,000 for Renewable Energy Systems. Projects with total eligible costs of less than $80,000 ($20,000 or less grant request) receive priority for funding.

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Attention Teachers:
Kentucky Egg / Chicken Rebate Programs

You are eligible for a rebate for cooking with eggs and/or chicken in the classroom during the 2013-2014 school year!

Click here to download the reimbursement forms for each program. (Deadline: June 1, 2014)

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
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Poultry Facts

Many farmers in Kentucky enter the business to diversify their revenue because of their concerns about tobacco's future.

 

Mark Your Calendar

2014 Kentucky Poultry Festival
This year's Festival will be held on Friday & Saturday, October 10-11, 2014 in Bowling Green, KY. Join us for food, fun, and Monte Carlo!

 

Of Interest

2014 Kentucky Poultry Federation Scholarship
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Propane
Any POULTRY, SWINE or HORTICULTURE FARMERS who are experiencing shortages of propane for their operations may contact the KY Department of Agriculture for information on where to find some in emergency situations in order to save your animals or crops during the upcoming cold spell. 502-573-0450 or kyagr.com or email our point person on this emergency situation: Warren Beeler warren.beeler@ky.gov. Or contact Jamie Guffey with the KY Poultry Federation


KPGA Statement on Current Energy Issues
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Tyson Farmers and Producers
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2014 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Click here for the 2014 Application, due by Friday, February 28, 2014.


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